Design And Architecture
Thursday, October 14, 2010
By Liz Arnold
You could say it’s in the air: Uptown, the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is hosting its fifth annual National Design Week and honoring National Design Award recipients. Downtown, Tribeca is hosting its first annual Architecture and Design Film Festival, through Sunday.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Eight artists are vying for the opportunity to transform New York City's eyesores into artwork.
Friday, July 09, 2010
By Amy Pearl
Pedestrians in Times Square stopped to watch this morning as workers sprayed bright blue paint across the streets. It's the beginning of a public art project in the five pedestrian plazas on Broadway between 42nd and 47th streets.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
By Marlon Bishop : WNYC Culture Producer
It's about time we give our cities a makeover.
With 60% of the world's population projected to live in urban areas by the year 2030, city officials and urban planners the world over are talking about how to redesign for a more crowded future.
Changing the way we get around is the key, according to the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), an organization that promotes sustainable transportation solutions for the world's burgeoning cities. The ITDP is sponsoring a project called Our Cities Ourselves, which pairs ten world cities with ten leading architects. Each has come up with a redesign of a public space, hand-tailored to the challenges presented by each city. These designs will be presented at an exhibition, opening on June 24, at New York City's Center for Architecture.
Last week, WNYC reported on Michael Sorkin's plan for New York, drawing impassioned responses from commenters. The proposal calls for tearing down the FDR interchange that connects the highway to the Brooklyn Bridge, freeing the waterfront to be developed into a riverside park, and discouraging vehicle traffic downtown.
The plans presented in Our Cities Ourselves focus on designs that reduce reliance on cars while encouraging bicycle use and public transportation. Many of the designs include provisions for Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT in urban planner parlance, high-speed bus lines with dedicated lanes and train-like stations for getting on and off. BRT has been a hailed as a success in developing cities such as Bogota and Quito, where it is prohibitively expensive to build subway systems.
Below, take a look at the designs.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
In the last five years, New York has added hundreds of miles of bike lanes and closed parts of Broadway to cars, a re-allocation of street space that has caused no small measure of controversy. But those plans? Child's play, compared to what a group of international planners wants the city to do: tear down the lower part of the FDR drive.
Friday, June 04, 2010
By Jennifer Hsu
If art exhibits, outdoor music or car-free bike-riding aren’t enough of a draw, consider visiting Governors Island for a peek at a massive urban redevelopment project.
Monday, May 03, 2010
By Sarah Muller
The shows never stopped on Broadway. The tourists still love the city. And what will become of that Times Square design contest? Find out more.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
We’d like to know what YOU think should define the pavement on the new Broadway Plazas. Share your ideas here.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
By Sarah Muller
Does the design of the hotel lend itself to these public peep shows? We asked one architecture critic for the answer. Watch the video.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
By Jennifer Hsu
A massive renovation is underway at the United Nations. Luckily for aficionados of mid-century modern design, there is also an elaborate strategy in place to preserve and restore the complex's iconic features, keeping the U.N. looking like it's 1952.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
It's been six months since West Harlem Piers Park opened, finally connecting Riverside Park to Riverbank State Park and providing an unbroken, no-dismount bike ride from the Battery to 200th Street.